MOSCOW, December 28 (Itar-Tass) – Valentin Boreiko, the 1960 Olympic rowing champion, died at the age of 79 on Friday, the official website of the Russian Rowing Federation reports.
Boreiko competed in pair with Oleg Golovanov. Together, they won the European silver medals in 1959 and the world championship in 1962. Boreiko graduated from a school of coaches of the Institute of Physical Culture after he had left big sport and started working as a coach. He was the Soviet national rowing team’s coach at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich where the Soviet rowers won two gold medals under his guidance.
Boreiko was awarded the Order “Badge of Honor” and the Medal “For Labor Valour”.